First game back for Boucher against the club that fired him after a loss to the Senators. So the team owes it to him to win, right?
Bruins and Leafs lost in regulation their last games out so the Sens still find themselves 2nd in the Atlantic. But with two straight losses (last one in regulation) the gaps on the teams below are getting smaller. Same number of points as the Bruins (but with games in hand), 3 up on the Leafs, 4 on the Panthers (with games in hand). A small losing streak here and we could find ourselves outside of the comfort of the top-three in the Division. We are just 2 up on the Flyers in the second wildcard spot, and here come the Islanders, 7-2-1 in their last 10 and 5 points back.
In other words, the losing must stop now. Before it gets out of hand.
Boro will play, but it's not clear yet if Claesson comes out or they go with 7D, in which case Neil and Lazar will both sit.